NEW ROCHELLE – When Iona Prep shoots like it has lately, few teams in the state are its match.
The Gaels have put that promise on display this week. They followed a 36-point victory at St. Raymond on Tuesday by drubbing visiting Stepinac 75-40 before a packed gym Friday night.
“It’s like an avalanche,” said Iona Prep coach Vic Quirolo, whose team shot 52 percent from the field, including 12 for 26 from behind the arc. “And it’s not one guy. It’s like three or four guys, and it comes in a big wave. We just ride it out.”
The Gaels (10-3) have done their best surfing since losing their opener at the Slam Dunk by a point. They have won their four games since by 102 points combined, including that 79-43 win at St. Ray’s, which avenged a home loss to the Ravens in mid-December.
On Tuesday, Iona Prep jumping ahead 28-2 by the early stages of the second quarter. They were just as dispiriting to Stepinac (5-6) on Friday, hitting 9 of 15 shots en route to a 27-10 lead.
The Gaels led by 19 at halftime, but they widened the gap considerably in the third quarter behind senior Matt Ryan. He finished with 25 points on 5-for-9 shooting from 3 and grabbed five rebounds.
Ryan hit for 16 of his 24 points during the 28-2 opening run on Tuesday.
“I’m just getting my confidence back,” said the Notre Dame signee, who had double-hip surgery last offseason. “Once we get wins, everybody’s confidence goes up, so getting ‘Ws’ helps.”
Junior Ty Jerome scored 12 of his 18 points during the first quarter and had six rebounds and four assists. Senior Tom Capuano added 16 points and six assists.
Jerome had one of his four assists on a baseball pass to Ryan for a three-point play late in the third quarter. It stretched Iona Prep’s lead to 58-22.
The Gaels forced 15 turnovers and held Stepinac to 30 percent shooting.
“We knew we had potential, but it just had to be done at both ends of the floor,” Capuano said. “If we hit shots and play well offensively, we just have to lock down defensively. We’ll be tough to beat.”
Best of the rest:Ross Joseph had 19 points and Jamil Gambari added 12 as Woodlands beat visiting Sleepy Hollow, 69-56. Wendell Brand had 15 for Sleepy. … Ardsley rallied from a 23-point deficit to beat Edgemont 50-42 behind 16 from David Falcone and 12 from Julian McGarvey. … Chris Cipriano had 14 points on 4-for-5 shooting from 3-point land as Dobbs Ferry edged Bronxville, 40-37. … Jack McKeever had 21 points as Pearl River defeated Suffern in overtime, 73-65. The Pirates hit 8 of 9 from the line in OT. …Skyler Sinon had 18 points in Byram Hills’ 48-40 defeat of visiting Riverside. … Justin Martins had 16 points and Andrew Brennan added 15 as Irvington beat visiting Rye Neck 59-18. … Davis Allen had 17 points and five rebounds and Matt O’Neil added 12 points and four rebounds in Pelham’s 56-42 victory at Yonkers. … Malik Hooks had 17 points and Justin Daoud had 15 and 10 rebounds as Palisade Prep downed Yonkers Montessori, 58-32. … Bobby Diforio had 17 points to lead Iona Prep B over Stepinac B, 48-38. Mike Perri had 11 to lead Stepinac B. … A.J. Morales had 19 points and Sean Delaney added 16 as Kennedy beat Moore Catholic 87-30 to improve to 11-0. … Albertus Magnus beat Tappan Zee 65-61 to hand the visiting Dutchmen (8-1) their first loss in the Matt McGuinness Classic.played in honor of the former Albertus player and coach .